Physical Chemistry I


Dan Gezelter
phone: 631-7595
office: 258 Stepan Chemistry

Teaching Assistant:

Mr. Steven Asiala
Office hours will be held in 251 Nieuwland Hall


MWF 11:45 - 12:35
356A Fitzpatrick Hall

Office Hours:

Mondays, 4-5 PM   Mr. Asiala (251 Nieuwland)
Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM   Mr. Asiala (251 Nieuwland)
Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 AM   Professor Gezelter (258 Stepan)
Wednesdays, 4-5 PM   Professor Gezelter (258 Stepan)
Thursdays, 4-5 PM   Professor Gezelter (258 Stepan)

Optional Problem / Review Session:

Thursdays, 6-7 PM, 356A Fitzpatrick Hall


Homework (weekly):   25%
Midterm 1 :   22.5%
Midterm 2 :   22.5%
Final (Cumulative):   30%
Extra Credit:   10%

After each exam you will be provided with a cumulative letter grade to keep you informed of your performance in the course.


Midterm 1: Friday, September 28, 2012
Midterm 2: Friday, November 2, 2012
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 4:15-6:15 PM

For each midterm exam you will be allowed to prepare and use one 8.5 x 11 sheet of notes (front-side only). On the final exam, three pages will be allowed. In addition, you will be allowed to use a calculator on all exams. The midterm exams will not be cumulative, but the final exam will cover material from the entire course.

About a week before each exam, we will be posting practice exams and solutions on the course web page.

Problem Sets:

Approximately ten problem sets with Friday due dates will be assigned. Collaboration is encouraged; however, before collaborating with your classmates, you should make an honest and significant effort to work through each problem on your own, and the problems set solutions must be written-up individually. Do not copy or paraphrase any one else's work without giving proper credit. The use of online homework solution services (e.g. cramster) will be considered a violation of the Honor code.

A note about Extra Credit: Problem sets may contain one or more "extra credit" problems which are somewhat more difficult than the others. Extra credit points are explicitly off the curve to encourage collaborative problem solving on these problems. By doing these harder, optional problems, you can earn enough extra credit during the semester to increase your score by a full letter grade.

Problem Set Late Policy: Problem sets are due by 5:00 PM on Friday. A problem set that is turned in before the following Wednesday at 5:00 PM will receive half-credit. Problem sets will not be accepted after 5:00 PM on the Wednesday following its original due date. In addition, each student will receive one "no questions asked" extension during the semester, whereby you may turn a problem set in by Monday at 5:00 PM for full-credit.

I'll be posting the problem sets on the problem set web page each week.


I'll be posting links to the demonstration applets we use in class on the applet page each week.